Rev. Steven J. Brue (’76), president of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, is stepping down from the President’s Office effective June 30, 2016, to pursue a new endeavor with his family.
“After prayerful consideration, I have submitted my letter of resignation to the HLA Board of Directors as President of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy….An opportunity has come to be directly involved with family in the Twin Cities area, which we knew would happen sooner or later. We’ve seen many doors open as we’ve trusted the Lord for the right timing to do this, and are very excited to begin this new venture, ” said Brue.
Brue has served as President of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (HLA) in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, since 2003, when Hillcrest was incorporated as a subsidiary of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America. Brue had previously served as Principal of Hillcrest Academy from 1998-2003, and had served as Campus Pastor from 1996-1998. Brue also taught as an Art Instructor at Hillcrest from 1983-1987. Brue served congregations of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren in Briarcliff Manor, NY, and Moorhead, MN, from 1987-1996.
Under Brue’s leadership, HLA experienced significant changes in both traditional and international enrollment numbers, including a 27-year relationship with the Danielsen School of Bergen Norway, which has brought over two dozen Norwegian students each year to Hillcrest. Like many boarding schools in the US, Hillcrest has enrolled growing numbers of international students from Asia, Europe, Africa, and Central and South America. There is a growing day school population, and the residential halls house over 100 boarding students. Brue has also led an expansion of the campus of the private, Christian, college preparatory school from the lone “Castle on the Hill” to a “Campus along the River.” Campus improvements and expansion include a Junior High, remodeled Girls’ and Boys’ Residential Halls, new Maintenance Shop, new Student Activities Center (commonly called the “new gym”), remodeled classroom wing, and a recently completed Student Union, including a new commercial kitchen, dining hall, and student commons.
Brue remarked, “I will remember these years of ministry with gratitude and thanksgiving to God. I have always been impressed with the dedication and quality of our faculty and staff. It has been a privilege for me to work with [them], as we’ve shared the mission of equipping students for a life of eternal significance. I remain very confident in Hillcrest’s current leadership team, and trust that the Lord will continue to use this school significantly for his glory.
Brue earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College (St. Paul, MN, 1980), a master of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary (1986), and a master of science in education from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead (2006). Brue is married to Linda (Senum) Brue, a 1977 graduate of Hillcrest, and they have four children and five grandchildren.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Grades 7-12, is a private Christian boarding and day school located in Fergus Falls, MN. Hillcrest was founded in 1916, and served as the high school department of Lutheran Brethren Schools until 2003, when it was incorporated as a separate school directly under the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, with its own president and school board.
Through the rigorous academic program, students at Hillcrest are directed to engage in the world through the various mission and study-and-mission programs offered. Hillcrest enrolls students from around the world and offers English as a second culture and ESL classes. Accelerated and advanced placement courses are offered to ensure that students are well prepared for post-secondary education. Over the past five years, 98 percent of Hillcrest students attend private and state Universities, colleges or world-mission organizations. Hillcrest Academy is accredited through the Minnesota Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Association, and is also an active member in the Minnesota Independent School Forum and the Association of Christian Schools International.